School of Health Sciences

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting

Become an Integral Part of a Winning Healthcare Team

Would you like to learn the healthcare profession under the supervision of a physician or healthcare practitioner? Does the prospect of assisting patients by checking their vital signs, assisting in minor surgeries, and administering medication seem appealing to you? If so, Stratford’s Medical Assisting degree program is just for you. 

Through Stratford University’s Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program, you will become proficient in both clinical and administrative duties and develop professional skills that will help you make a memorable impact on your patients’ lives.  

More importantly, you will have access to healthcare experts who will apply real- world scenarios and hand-on experience to help you develop your critical thinking and problem solving techniques. Through our program, you will learn how to:

  • Provide compassionate patient care;
  • Perform proper laboratory procedures;
  • Assist with exams and collect specimen;
  • Administer medication;
  • Take vital signs;
  • Book and schedule patients;
  • Process insurance claims;
  • Conduct procedural and diagnostic coding; and
  • Manage a medical office and records.

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Our talented Career Services staff has an excellent track record in helping students overcome barriers to landing their dream job.  As a result, Stratford graduates have secured exciting jobs in the DC metropolitan area and throughout the U.S. Here is a sampling of rewarding career paths waiting for you:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Secretary

Take the next step towards launching your career in Medical Assisting. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Program Requirements and Online Options

You can complete your Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting degree through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, through online instruction, or a combination of both online and classroom instruction. Arts and Sciences courses can also be completed online. It typically takes 60 consecutive weeks (6 quarters) to complete the entire Associate’s program.

Credits Required Number of Classes
Core Component 67.5 15
Arts and Sciences 22.5 5
Total Required for Graduation 90 20

Best-in-Class Faculty

Stratford's faculty is comprised of some of the top healthcare professionals in the field all of whom possess either a Nurse Practitioner degree, Masters of Science in Nursing, a Ph.D. or other medical degree. These health care professionals are licensed by the State of Virginia and have expertise in specialty areas such as Maternal Child Health, Medical Surgical Nursing, and Nursing Policy. Because they are practicing professionals, they are able to apply theory and real-life scenarios to classroom instruction.


As a healthcare student at Stratford, you will obtain practical experience by engaging in on-site clinical experiences and accessing advanced technological resources that will help hone your talents in patient care.

State-of-the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers learning environments that facilitate competency-based learning, testing and evaluation, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Our School of Health Science is equipped with advanced medical teaching tools, such as the SIM mannequin and simulation labs—all designed for scenario-based training that will enhance your learning experience. In addition, we maintain small class sizes, which are ideal for lab activities and encourage collaboration and information sharing among students.

Healthcare Programs that Fit Your Busy Schedule

Residential classes are offered day and evening to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or 10 weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September). The accelerated programs at Stratford University allow students to finish a Bachelor’s degree in 30 months or a Master’s degree in 15 months.

Scheduling flexibility contributes tremendously to student success. Between 2011 and 2012, 100% of full-time and 89% of part-time students who graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting completed the program on time.  

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition & fees for this program, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer information on Stratford’s Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program.

Code Name Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I
Medical Terminology
Anatomy and Physiology II
Professional Procedures
Medical Law and Ethics
Phlebotomy Procedures
Basic Clinical Procedures
Pharmacology I
Exams and Specialty Procedures
Computer Office Application
Medical Office Practice
Medical Office Billing, Coding, & Insur
Medical Computer Applications

See the Arts and Sciences Elective Pool Requirements

Code Name Credits